Baxter, who is currently 6 months old, desperately wants to be friends with our cats. As a pup at the breeder's kennel, they were always around and he was friends with them. Then he came home with us at 8 weeks, and our cats HATED him. They still do.
For a while he would just nose at them, and occasionally bark, but would never go too close, and we would keep an eye on the behavior and redirect when it got beyond a gentle nudge.
However, now he tries to initiate play with them the same way he would with a dog - jumping, pawing, nipping, and barking. It doesn't help that they constantly taunt him from behind the pet gates, and he gets frustrated. But, at the same time, I don't want ANY of them to get hurt.
Any suggestions for what to do with this behavior? I don't think he's trying to hurt them, but I also don't think it's registering how much smaller they are than him, and that he needs to be gentle with them...